Our Top 10 Women's Fashion Icons of All Time

November 16, 2017

Our Top 10 Women's Fashion Icons of All Time

Dead or alive, these are our top picks for the pivotal trendsetters of their time period in the world of fashion. From the silver screen to the White House, we’ve considered some of the best dressed women from decades gone-by to 2017, accounting for their impact on the industry and their iconic style in and of itself. Let’s not wait any longer - here’s our picks for the top 10 women’s fashion icons of all time:

Audrey Hepburn

Silver screen beauty Audrey Hepburn is the embodiment of classic style, from the sensibility of her demeanour to her timeless elegance. Serving as Hubert de Givenchy’s muse and becoming connoisseur of the ‘little black dress’ following her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn is a true icon of 20th Century Hollywood fashion.

Jackie Kennedy

Rarely would Jackie Kennedy be seen without a string of pearls around her neck, a seamless pair of bright white gloves and of course her signature pillbox hat. A symbol of true class and elegance, we see Kennedy’s immaculate stylings portrayed time and time again by many of the high-profile women of today.


Winning the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) Fashion Icon award in 2016, it’s no surprise that Beyoncé has made her way on to this list. The key to her style is variety, whether she’s channelling Sasha Fierce or sporting her own natural, down to earth look, Beyoncé does it well.

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Inaugural advocate of the punk movement and unapologetic activist, anything goes for Dame Vivienne Westwood. Her iconic orange hair is synonymous with her outrageous style and personality, she can make any look work. 

Grace Kelly

Amazing Hollywood starlet and former Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly wasn’t just a fashion figure, she decided what was fashionable. From the Hermes ‘Kelly’ bag to Gucci’s Flora pattern, she was the muse. Known best for elegant shirt and trouser looks, sweetheart necklines, pearls and puffy Tulle skirts, she always conveyed understated glamour. 


Madonna’s look has continually evolved with the times over the last four decades, she is a true fashion chameleon. The fact she manifests her style in her entire self is what makes Madonna such a unique icon, from channelling Marilyn Monroe to preserving bright white skin throughout her gothic phase.

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel is one of the most influential fashion designers of all time. Taking ‘haute couture’ to the highest standard, Chanel as a fashion house is an amazing personification of the class, grandeur and elegance Coco Chanel represents. Chanel was one of the first designers to ‘borrow’ characteristics from menswear garments when she created the classic Chanel Suit. A collarless, wool jacket with distinctive trim was worn regularly by Coco, and was favoured by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn too. 

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani is another fashion icon who isn’t afraid to experiment with her look. Classic bleach blonde hair and a ruby red lip are a staple for Stefani, whether she’s showcasing a navy polka-dot dress and Bindi, conveying Harajuku influences or embracing her natural side. She always stands out. 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest fashion influencers to date. Known for her feminine curves, gorgeous blonde curls and her distinctive beauty spot, Monroe is an iconic figure that women have and will continue to aspire to for many years. Her classic, yet alluring looks have stood the test of time; cropped jumpers, high-waisted short shorts, big jewelled earrings - the list goes on. We see staples of her style reappearing again and again. 

Kate Moss

Serving as a real blank canvas ready to showcase any look, Kate Moss’s success in modelling does not come as a shock. Characteristically wearing a white t-shirt and black skinny jeans, Moss made this look effortlessly glamorous with her distinct feline features and rock and roll attitude. Throughout time she has consistently exhibited some staple looks; leopard print jackets, fur coats, band t-shirts and a lot of second to none red-carpet dresses. 

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